Practices in Design Education Hundred Years Kurt Wirth 1917 – 2017

Exhibition
2 – 30 November, 2017

Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW
Campus der Künste
Freilager-Platz 1, 4142 Basel / Münchenstein
Building D, Parterre
The visit of the exhibition is free of charge.

The Practices in Design Education Hundred Years Kurt Wirth 1917 – 2017 — exhibition and symposium — is organised as a contribution to the reflection on the history of design education and to honour the 100th anniversary of the Swiss designer Kurt Wirth, one of the leading figures of 20th century Swiss graphic design.

Kurt Wirth, born in Bern in 1917, began his graphic design apprenticeship in 1933 with Hans Fischer, opening his first studio in Bern in 1937. While his highly innovative designs for stamps, posters, book covers, coins etc., were globally recognized and collected in his own time, his decade long participation in the tradition of educating apprentices would also find international resonance.

An article entitled “The Apprentice”, published in Graphis Magazine in 1983, showcased six of Wirth’s apprentices. In addition to this, between 1971 – 1987, he would work as a drawing instructor for the Bernese Trade School for Arts and Crafts as well as publish two volumes concerning design education through drawing: In 1965 “Drawing when how”, Niggli, Teufen and 1976 “drawing a creative process”, ABC, Zurich.

Kurt Wirth's educational legacy is relevant to current research enquiries, in part, due to his uncompromising emphasis on drawing as the foundation of design processes, as well as, his successful employment of the masterapprentice model of education. In his time, this drawing-based artistic approach was generally recognised as a contrast to the developing design practices guided by minimalized conceptual parameters.

Symposium
17 November, 2017

Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW
Campus der Künste
Freilager-Platz 1, 4142 Basel / Münchenstein
Building D, Auditorium
The participation in the symposium is free of charge.

The following speakers will talk about the
100th anniversary of Kurt Wirth and his work:
Stephan Bundi
Sandra Bischler
Sarah Klein
Jenny Leibundgut
Julia Meer
Michael Renner
Moreno Tuttobene

Panel discussion with Simon Wirth

This exhibition and symposium was curated by the Visual Communication Institute/The Basel School of Design, HGK FHNW, Leslie Kennedy along with Moreno Tuttobene.

The Kurt Wirth project – in collaboration with Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited SGDTR.

Contact
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW
Visual Communication Institute
Leslie Kennedy
Scientific Staff
Freilager-Platz 1, 4002 Basel
Leslie.Kennedy@fhnw.ch